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Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance

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    11.300, 11.307

    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Economic Development Administration (EDA)


    EDA provides strategic investments on a competitive merit basis to support economic development, foster job creation, and attract private investment in economically distressed areas of the United States. Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities.

    • Public Works - Through the Public Works program, the Economic Development Administration (EDA) provides catalytic investments to help distressed communities build, design, or engineer critical infrastructure and facilities that will help implement regional development strategies and advance bottom-up economic development goals to promote regional prosperity. The Public Works program provides resources to meet construction and/or the design of infrastructure needs of communities to enable them to become more economically competitive. Prior examples of investments EDA supported through the Public Works program include projects supporting water and sewer system improvements, industrial parks, high-tech shipping and logistics facilities, workforce training facilities, business incubators and accelerators, brownfield development, technology-based facilities, wet labs, multi-tenant manufacturing facilities, science and research parks, and telecommunications infrastructure and development facilities.
    • Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) - Through the EAA program, EDA provides investments that support a wide range of construction and non-construction activities (including infrastructure, design and engineering, technical assistance, economic recovery strategies, and capitalization or re-capitalization of Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) projects) in regions experiencing severe economic dislocations that may occur suddenly or over time. EDA utilizes EAA investments to provide resources that help communities experiencing or anticipating economic dislocations to plan and implement specific solutions to leverage their existing regional economic advantages to support economic development and job creation. Like Public Works investments, EAA investments are designed to help communities catalyze public-private partnerships to foster collaboration, attract investment, create jobs, and foster economic resiliency and prosperity. For example, EDA might provide funding to a university or community college to create and launch an economic diversification strategy to promote and enhance the growth of emerging industries in a region facing job losses due to a decline in the region's coal industry. As another example, EDA might provide funding to a city to support the construction of a publicly-owned multi-tenant business and industrial facility to house early-stage businesses

    EDA's investment priorities are designed to provide an overarching framework to guide the agency's investment portfolio to ensure its investments have the greatest impact. Competitive applications will be responsive to the evaluation criteria and will align with at least one of the following investment priorities:

    1. Equity: Economic development planning or implementation projects that advance equity across America through investments that directly benefit 1) one or more traditionally underserved populations, including but not limited to women, Black, Latino, and Indigenous and Native American persons, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders or 2) underserved communities within geographies that have been systemically and/or systematically denied a full opportunity to participate in aspects of economic prosperity such as Tribal Lands, Persistent Poverty Counties, and rural areas with demonstrated, historical underservice.
    2. Recovery & Resilience: Economic development planning or implementation projects that build economic resilience to and long-term recovery from economic shocks, like those experienced by coal and power plant communities, or other communities impacted by the decline of an important industry or a natural disaster, that may benefit from economic diversification-focused resilience.
    3. Workforce Development: Economic development planning or implementation projects that support workforce education and skills training activities directly connected to the hiring and skills needs of the business community and that result in well-paying, quality jobs.
    4. Manufacturing: Economic development planning or implementation projects that encourage job creation, business expansion, technology and capital upgrades, and productivity growth in manufacturing, including efforts that contribute to the competitiveness and growth of domestic suppliers or to the domestic production of innovative, high-value products and production technologies.
    5. Technology-Based Economic Development: Economic development planning or implementation projects that foster regional knowledge ecosystems that support entrepreneurs and startups, including the commercialization of new technologies, that are creating technology-driven businesses and high-skilled, well-paying jobs of the future.
    6. Environmentally-Sustainable Development: Economic development planning or implementation projects that help address the climate crisis including through the development and implementation of green products, processes (including green infrastructure), places, and buildings.
    7. Exports & FDI: Economic development planning or implementation projects that enhance or build community assets to support growth in US exports or increased foreign direct investment.

    History of Funding

    For FY19, approximately $117,500,000 was appropriated for the Public Works program, $37,000,000 for the EAA program and an additional $30 million in EAA funds for ACC. Historically, EDA has awarded funds for between 80 and 150 Public Works and between 70 and 140 EAA projects a year.

    Examples of past successful projects are available here: https://www.eda.gov/annual-reports/fy2018/

    Additional Information

    All proposed projects are evaluated to determine the extent to which they align with EDA's investment priorities, create or retain high-quality jobs, leverage public and private resources, demonstrate the ability to start the proposed project promptly and use funds quickly and effectively, and provide a clear scope of work and specific, measurable outcomes.


    H. Philip Paradice

    H. Philip Paradice
    Economic Development Administration (EDA)
    401 West Peachtree Street, NW - Suite 1820
    Atlanta, GA 30308-3510
    (404) 730-3002
    (404) 730-3025

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants include (1) District Organizations; (2) Indian Tribes or a consortium of Indian Tribes; (3) State, county, city, or other political subdivisions of a State, including a special purpose unit of a State or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions; (4) Institutions of higher education; and (5) Public or private non-profit organizations or associations acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State.

    Deadline Details

    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. All submissions must proceed through the two-phase review process.

    • Phase I - Potential applicants provide EDA with general project information to allow EDA to decide if the project should be considered for funding. Proposals submitted for Phase I consideration may be presented at any time. 
    • Phase II - Successful applicants will then be invited to complete full application.  

    EDA strongly encourages applicants to consult with the EDA representative for their state to discuss whether their project is in alignment with EDA's investment priorities, eligibility requirements, cost-sharing requirements, property standards, or other requirements.

    Award Details

    Individual awards vary based on project size and scope. Investments for Public Works Projects generally range from $600,000 to $3,000,000 each. The EDA awards 80 to 150 of these projects annually. Investments for Economic Projects generally range from $150,000 to $1,000,000 each. The EDA awards 70 to 140 of these projects annually. Cost sharing/matching of 50% is recommended for both program categories.

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